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The Mental Process of Achieving Financial and Personal Success

The amazing paradox of success is that everybody knows the "secret" of how to achieve it, but few are willing to apply the principles that virtually guarantee the attainment of almost anything you want. It's no mystery that if you identify a goal, write down an intelligent plan for reaching it, and pursue that plan with persistence, determination, and focus, you stand a strong chance of realizing your dream—or, at the very least, creating an outcome that puts you in a much better place than you were before making the attempt.

Why doesn't everybody make a plan, take continuous action, and pursue their dreams? Why do so many people settle for a measly paycheck, an unsatisfying life, and a humdrum existence? In our society, there's a rampant epidemic of undeveloped potential. The solution will continue to elude the masses because it's not something that can be seen, touched, or measured. If you're not producing the results you desire in your life, the problem could stem from concentrating too much on the "here-and-now" instead of what could be.

The ticket to a higher standard of living and a more fulfilling lifestyle is available to anyone willing to cultivate the states of mind known as faith, hope, and belief. Focusing on the concrete aspects of life rather than the invisible resources that our five senses can't perceive is what 90% of the world does on a day-to-day basis. Obviously it's the other 10% (or less) who have faith in themselves, believe in their dreams, and have hope that their inspired actions will propel them to a more prosperous and joyful future.

On the journey to success or happiness, the biggest obstacles are not in the concrete world, but rather in the inner world of thought and imagination. Allowing your plans and aspirations to be obscured by self doubt, fear of failure, and the negativity of those around you is a surefire road map for going nowhere fast.

So can we blame our parents and teachers for telling us not to be dreamers and not to waste our time on what they viewed as unrealistic pipe dreams? Well, we could, but it would be a lot more productive to take responsibility for our own lives and focus on taking deliberate, consistent, daily action toward the realization of our goals.

Your life is not set in stone; it's a continual work in progress. Change begins with a conscious decision, and is implemented one step at a time. "Comfort Zone" is another way of saying "self-imposed limitations". Unless you make yourself a little uncomfortable by expanding the boundaries of what currently feels safe (free from risk) and comfortable, your accomplishments will be unremarkable and your personal growth will fall sort of its potential.

Note: If a lack of motivation is standing in the way of pursuing your goals and overcoming obstacles, I created a new blog to address that very challenge. For motivational resources, ideas, and inspiration, visit Motivational Sales Quotes.

Joel N. Sussman, a freelance writer and Internet publisher, has created an online resource called, Marketing Survival Kit.com. The web site, featuring articles, templates, and downloadable books, is intended to help new and established business owners attract and retain customers.

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